Barbecue Sauce Base

BBQ sauce base

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 40 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
21 Calories
1g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 40
Amount per serving
Calories 21
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Want to make your own barbecue sauce? Then this is the base you need to get started. This recipe will give you a good, thick tomato sauce that you can then add to.


  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in a saucepan. Cook until transparent.

  2. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix well. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar. Let simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

  4. From here you can add whatever flavor you want: brown sugar, honey or molasses for a sweet sauce; chiles and cayenne for a hot sauce; or liquid smoke for a hint of smokiness. Be creative with it. or liquid smoke for a hint of smokiness. Be creative with it.

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